Titans new boy Herman Ese'ese could fill Cowboys' McGuire void as Crichton re-signs at Bondi
The former Australian international joined St George Illawarra later this week, leaving the Cowboys light on in the middle.
Following the exit of Wiremu Greig to Parramatta, the Cowboys are likely to promote from within for this season.
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But next year they have spots to fill, and while a halfback remains their priority it hasn’t stopped Ese’ese being thrown up as an option.
The New Zealand-born forward has a player option at the Titans for next year so has every right to look at his plans for the future.
It’s unlikely a move would be on the cards for this season and there’s been no formal offer from the Cowboys.
Ese’ese quit Newcastle for the Titans and joined David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui in forming part of an impressive recruitment drive to get a sizable forward pack on the Glitter Strip.
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Unlike the other two, however, he has yet to have a chance to show what he can do in Titans colours.
There’s been no falling out or poor commitment to training, however, Ese’ese just wants to get on the field.
The forward had an interrupted pre-season before making his way back to action via the Queensland Cup with Tweed Seagulls where he lost his two front teeth.
He had to have those two teeth screwed back in and then missed action in the Queensland Cup due to the Easter and COVID-19 breaks.
He was named as 19th man for the Titans’ clash with Manly this weekend.
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CRICHTON STAYS IN BONDI
Angus Crichton has penned a one-year deal at the Sydney Roosters as he enjoys the best run of form in his career.
The former schoolboy rugby union star attracted interest from rival clubs, but only had eyes for staying at Bondi.
Crichton has been an invaluable contributor for the Roosters this season, filling in on Boyd Cordner’s left edge and clocking up his best career figures since 2017.
The 25-year-old is running 133m and delivering four tackle busts per game and is surely a lock for Brad Fittler’s NSW Origin squad later this year.
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BRITS ON THE MOVE
Super League centre Josh Simm has been offered to NRL clubs despite being on contract until the end of the 2022 season.
The 20-year-old has only played four top-flight games for St Helens, but grabbed 30 tries in 20 Super League Academy, and joined Leigh on a short-team loan this week as he seeks more playing time at Super League level.
His management is understood to be asking for a wage of $250,000.
After the likes of John Bateman and George Williams thrived at NRL level, more British players are looking to chance their arm in Australia.
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But rather than coming after playing Test football and 150-plus games of Super League.
Newcastle signed teenagers Bailey Hodgson and Dominic Young, while Canberra have added Harry Rushton.
“It was just too good an opportunity to turn down and it might not have come round again,” Rushton told foxsports.com.au in the pre-season.
“The chance to live in a great country, the weather, the levels of coaching, conditioning, players are all great. I couldn’t not come here and I feel I’ve learned so much already.”
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They’re not the only ones and many are now signing agreements with Australian management firms in a bid to up their chances of getting a contract in the NRL.
London Broncos prop Femi Sanya – a giant front-rower who played for England's youth team and has only just turned 18 – has signed with Crown Sports.
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